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Update for 10th January
 
Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–32)
(Who obviously didn’t live in Canada)
 
Readings for Sunday 14th January, The Baptism of the Lord
First reading: Genesis 1.1-5  Psalm 29
Second Reading: Acts 19.1-7   Gospel: Mark 1.4-11
 
Fr. Bill’s sermon from last Sunday can be found on the church website, or you can just click on:
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Rick and Carol, Jake and Shirley, Cecelia, Linda, Karen -Sandra and Pat, Robby, Sean and Pat; Archie and Cheryl Anne; Linda, Virginia, Margaret and family Kathy, Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Dorothy, Yvonne; Tim and Judy; Justin; Lila and Keith; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Bernice; Dorothy; Alan and Margaret, Cathy, Laurel, Ruth, Grace and Ken, Beth, Helen, Austin, Sue, Bill, Lynda, Norma, Kelly, Beth, Helen, Austin, sue, Bill, Lynda, Norma Kelly, Lauren, Tracey, Elaine, Karen, George, Faye, Sharon, Tina, Michael, Robin, David, Elizabeth, George, Jason, Debbie and Nancy.
Our Regional Ministry partners at St Albans.
Rest in Peace:  Fred Taylor,  Maureen Groves,  Bill Bouris,  Jean Woon and Bertha Kerkhof.
May God grant rest eternal unto the souls of our dearly departed and let light perpetual shine upon them; may their soul rest in peace and rise in glory.  Please keep all the families and friends of the departed in your prayers asking that they may find strength and comfort as they mourn
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Beer and Bible at Chaucer’s Pub (Carling and Talbot) meets tonight at 7.00 pm to discuss “Creation, Call and Journey - exploring the metaphors of the Bible” with Fr. Matt leading.
 
The Annual Vestry Meeting 2018 is scheduled for Sunday 28th January, after one service only at 9.30 am. Please plan to attend this important meeting in the church’s year. Group and Committee leaders, it’s time to prepare your annual reports, for inclusion in a Reports document to be published before the meeting. Deadline for inclusion is 14th January, so that they can be in your hands a week before the meeting. (Emailing your report is helpful to the office)
Parish Council nominations can now be given to the Nominating Committee (Derek Shadlock, Mike Geoghegan and Amanda Chalmers) in preparation for the 2018 Annual Vestry Meeting on 28th January. You can nominate any parish member 16 years and older for Parish Council, being sure to have their permission first, or you can volunteer yourself for membership. Members will be elected at the Vestry meeting, and nominations do not close until that meeting.    
 
Apple pies!!  The ACW still has some small apple pies for sale, at $3.50 each.  Just the thing for these cold winter nights!  See an ACW member in the Narthex after the services.
 
Tai Chi beginner classes will start again at St. Jude’s as follows: Monday and Thursday, 10 am to 11:30. 
Or Tuesday night from 7 to 9.00 pm.
Tai Chi is a great way to improve balance, flexibility and overall good health; a testimonial:
(I thought I would take up Tai Chi
It took more than I thought out of Mhi
The movements extrodnry
Are out of the ordnry
The best part is breaking for Thi)
 
Outreach, Ministry of the Month for January.
St Joseph's Hospice
St Joseph’s Hospice provides specialized care with a client centered approach. Clients and families are intimately involved in creating their own plan of care which best addressed their own needs. The staff and volunteers work together as a team with other community health care professionals and service providers ensuring full support and quality end of life care for clients and their families. In January ministry of the month will support the family comfort kits at hospice. These kits are provided to families who unexpectedly need to stay at hospice due to a change in their family members condition. The kits include: toothbrush, Toothpaste Deodorant
Comb, Floss and Candy.
Disposable razors and hand cream are also provided.  During January you can support this initiative by dropping off items for the kit, or through a donation towards the purchase of these items.
 
Blood Donor Clinic here at St. Jude’s this Saturday, 13th January, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, in All Saints Hall.  No appointment necessary, just come.
 
Daily Bread: January 14th is Daily Bread Sunday. The programme was closed over the holiday so now it is time to fill the shelves! Pasta, sauce, soup, canned meat/fish, items for school lunches would be appreciated.
A summary of our gifts during 2017 is posted in the Narthex.
 
Trivia Challenge. Come out for another fun night with friends at our annual St. Jude Trivia Challenge on Saturday, January 20th, starting at 6:30 pm.  Astound your friends as you recall important and not-so-important facts pulled from diverse fields like current events, entertainment, history, literature, sports, geography, science and the Anglican Church, with a heavy emphasis on Canadiana. Teams of eight will compete for a fabulous trophy and ribbons. Bring your own team of eight or come that evening and join others to form a team.
$20.00 per person.  Cash bar- beer and wine, and snacks will be provided.  Please confirm your attendance by contacting David Belford at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (519) 663-9359.
 
The Broadway Singers will be returning to St. Jude’s on Sunday 28th January, concert beginning at 7.30 pm. Tickets, at $20.00, are available now from Pat Metcalf - get yours early, this event often sells out!!
 
Happy New (secular) Year to all Update readers!!
 
My glass is filled, my pipe is lit,
My den is all a cosy glow;
And snug before the fire I sit,
And wait to feel the old year go.
–Robert W. Service (1874–1958)
 
Readings for Sunday 7th January 2018, Epiphany
First reading: Isaiah 61.1-6  Psalm 71.1-7, 10-14
Second reading: Ephesians 3.1-12 Gospel: Matthew 2.1-12
 
We’re back to the two services on Sunday now, 8.30 and 10.00 am.  Sunday School will resume this Sunday too,
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Rick and Carol, Cecelia, Linda, Karen -Sandra and Pat, Steve and Elizabeth, Chris, Robby, Sean and Pat; Archie and Cheryl Anne; Linda, Virginia, Margaret and family Kathy, Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Dorothy, Yvonne; Tim and Judy; Justin; Lila and Keith; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Bernice; Dorothy; Alan and Margaret, Cathy, Laurel, Ruth, Grace and Ken, Faye, Sharon, Tyna, Michael, Robin, David, Elizabeth, George, Jason, Debbie, Nancy, Michelle and Mark.
The Church of St Albans, our Regional Ministry Partners
Rest in Peace:  Bertha Kerkhof (the mother of Fran Webb). May Bertha find rest eternal and rise in glory. Prayers for Fran and family that they may find comfort and strength as they mourn.
Rest in Peace:  Mr. Bill Bouris (new parishioner of St. Jude’s) died suddenly on December 27th. May Bill’s soul find rest and rise in glory, and may wife Debbi and family find strength and peace as they come to terms with his unexpected passing
(The funeral will be on Thursday, 4th January at 1.00 pm, at Westview Chapel, Wonderland Road, by Costco).
Rest in Peace: The Reverend Jean Woon who died on December 29th . May Jean rest in peace and rise in glory, and may her family find strength and comfort as they mourn.
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Congratulations!!  To Nancey and Andy Orosz are great grandparents. Their granddaughter Lauren had a baby girl early New Year's Day - the first baby born in the Burlington hospital in the New Year.
 
Annual Vestry Meeting 2018 is scheduled for Sunday 28th January, after one service only at
9.30 am.  Please plan to attend this important meeting in the church’s year.  Group and Committee leaders, it’s time to prepare your annual reports, for inclusion in a Reports document to be published before the meeting.  Deadline for inclusion is 14th January, so that they can be in your hands a week before the meeting.  (Emailing your report  is helpful to the office)
 
Parish Council nominations can now be given to the Nominating Committee (Derek Shadlock, Mike Geoghegan and Amanda Chalmers) in preparation for the 2018 Annual Vestry Meeting on 28th January.  You can nominate any parish member 16 years and older for Parish Council, being sure to have their permission first, or you can volunteer yourself for membership.  Members will be elected at the Vestry meeting, and nominations do not close until that meeting.
 
Postage stamps.   Please remember to save the stamps from the Christmas cards you received this year.  Bring them in for the CRASH cupboard and they will be sent to the Canadian Bible Society to buy Bibles.
 
Lunch Bunch.  Join us for lunch this Friday,  January 5th when Judy Beldam will give a presentation on gray whales, blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and many other species that make the west coast a Mecca for whale watchers and nature lovers. Judy was a member of the American Cetacean Society, LA Chapter, a docent at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, CA and a naturalist on whale boat excursions in Southern California for 18 years.
 
FundScrip This Sunday, 7th January, is order Sunday.   See  Carol in the Narthex after the 8.30 am service, and for those coming to the 10.00 am service, please see Carol before the service since she will not be there afterwards.
 
Tai Chi beginner classes will start again at St. Jude’s as follows:
Monday and Thursday, 10 am to 11:30, with an Open House on Thursday January 4th , at 10.00 am.. First class on  Monday January 8th, at 10.00 am.
Or Tuesday night from  7 to 9.00 pm, with an Open house on January 9th, and the first class on January 16th.
Tai Chi is a great way to improve balance, flexibility and overall good health.
 
Outreach, Ministry of the Month for January.
St Joseph's Hospice
St Joseph’s Hospice provides specialized care with a client centred approach. Clients and families are intimately involved in creating their own plan of care which best addressed their own needs. The staff and volunteers work together as a team with other community health care professionals and service providers ensuring full support and quality end of life care for clients and their families. In January ministry of the month will support the family comfort kits at hospice. These kits are provided to families who unexpectedly need to stay at hospice due to a change in their family members condition. The kits include: toothbrush, Toothpaste  Deodorant
Comb, Floss and Candy.
Disposable razors and hand cream are also provided During January you can support this initiative by dropping off items for the kit, or through a donation towards the purchase of these items.
Daily Bread:  January 14th  is Daily Bread Sunday. The programme was closed over the holiday so now it is time to fill the shelves! Pasta, sauce, soup, canned meat/fish, items for school lunches would be appreciated.
A summary of our gifts during 2017 is posted in the Narthex.
 
Trivia Challenge.  Come out for another fun night with friends at our annual St. Jude Trivia Challenge on Saturday, January 20th, starting at 6:30 PM.  Astound your friends as you recall important and not-so-important facts pulled from diverse fields like current events, entertainment, history, literature, sports, geography, science and the Anglican Church, with a heavy emphasis on Canadiana.  Teams of eight will compete for a fabulous trophy and ribbons. Bring your own team of eight or come that evening and join others to form a team.
$20.00 per person. Cash bar- beer and wine, and  snacks will be provided. Please confirm your attendance by contacting David Belford at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or (519) 663-9359.
 
The Broadway Singers will be returning to St. Jude’s on Sunday 28th January, concert beginning at 7.30 pm.  Tickets, at $20.00,  are available now from Pat Metcalf - get yours early, this event often sells out!!        
 
 
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)
 
Sunday 31st December
Holy Eucharist at 9.30 am, ONE service only.
Readings for that day:
First reading: Isaiah 61.10-62.3 Psalm 148
Second reading: Galatians 4.4-7 Gospel: Luke 2.22-40
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Sean and Pat; Rev’d Tim Dobbin, Archie and Cheryl Anne; Peter and Steve; Linda, Rick and Carol; Margaret and family; Kathy; Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Bertha and Fran; Dorothy; Yvonne; Tim and Judy; Justin; Sandra and Pat; Lila and Keith; Robby; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Bernice; Dorothy; Chris, Alan and Margaret, Cathy, Laurel, Ruth, Grace and Ken, Norma, Linda, Kelly, Lee, Linda, Virginia, Theresa, Beth, Stephanie, Deb, Marg, Mike, Sandra, Eileen, Joy, Michael, Robin, David, Elizabeth, George, Nancy and Debbie.
For all those who are travelling at this busy time of year, that they may go and return in safety.
The Church of St Albans, our Regional Ministry Partners.
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Fr. Bill’s sermons from Advent 4 and Christmas, can be found on the church website, or you can just click on:
 
Sunday School classes  will resume on January 7th.
 
Thank you!!  To all who contributed in any way to our Christmas services - the Chancel Guild for making our church look so lovely and festive, Christina and the choir for leading us in much Christmas music, the Wardens, all of whom helped make this a memorable season.  And, of course, Fr. Bill and Fr. Matt (at St. Alban’s) for whom this is a particularly busy season.  Thank you, all!
 
Annual Vestry Meeting 2018 is scheduled for Sunday 28th Janury, after one service only at 9.30 am.  Please plan to attend this important meeting in the church’s year.  Group and Committee leaders, it’s time to prepare your annual reports, for inclusion in a Reports document to be published before the meeting.  Deadline for inclusion is 14th January, so that they can be in your hands a week before the meeting.  (Emailing your report  is helpful to the office)
 
Parish Council nominations can now be given to the Nominating Committee (Derek Shadlock, Mike Geoghegan and Amanda Chalmers) in preparation for the 2018 Annual Vestry Meeting on 28th January.  You can nominate any parish member 16 years and older for Parish Council, being sure to have their permission first, or you can volunteer yourself for membership.  Members will be elected at the Vestry meeting, and nominations do not close until that meeting.
 
Sunday 31st December is the last day for your regular 2017 contributions to the church!
 
Postage stamps.   Please remember to save the stamps you get as you receive your Christmas cards this year.  Bring them in for the CRASH cupboard and they will be sent to the Canadian Bible Society to buy Bibles.
 
Lunch Bunch - advance notice.  Join us for lunch on January 5th when Judy Beldam will give a presentation on gray whales, blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and many other species that make the west coast a Mecca for whale watchers and nature lovers. Judy was a member of the American Cetacean Society, LA Chapter, a docent at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, CA and a naturalist on whale boat excursions in Southern California for 18 years.
 
Trivia Night!!  This annual fun event is scheduled for Saturday 20th January, social time to gather your thoughts at 6.00 pm, and the contest begins at 7.00 pm.  Nibblies, coffee, tea, etc., provided, and a cash bar to stimulate the memories!  Make up a team of eight, or leave your name with the organisers to be added to a team.
 Update for June 20, 2018
 
 
'Tis June, and all the lowland swamps
Are rich with tufted reeds and ferns,
And filmy with the vaporous damps
That rise when twilight's crimson burns.
George Arnold (1834–65)
 
Readings for next Sunday, 24th June, Pentecost 5, Birth of John the Baptist
First Reading: Isaiah 40.1-11  Psalm 85.7-13
Second Reading: Acts 13.14b-26  Gospel: Luke 1.57-80
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Ila, Margery; Linda; Sandra and Pat; Robby; Margaret; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Dorothy; Yvonne; Tim and Judy; Lila and Keith; Lynn; Brenda and Paul; Mary; Bernice; Dorothy; Cathy; Laurel; Ruth; Julia and John; Elaine; Alan; Don; Carroll and Bill; Linda V; Susan and Family; Pat and Sean, Stephen and Cailey, Shirley and Dick, John, Wally, Meredith, Norma, George, Michael, Elizabeth, David, Robin, Cathy, Michelle and Jane.
Rest in Peace; the Reverend Canon Sonjie Pearson.  May Sonjie rest in peace and rise in glory, and those who mourn find comfort.
Our partners in Regional Ministry – St Albans
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
June Ministry of the Month: CMHA Stabilization Space
Stabilization Space supports individuals in crisis who do not need to be in hospital but need an extra level of support as they work through their crisis. They serve a variety of clients ranging from homeless youth, university and college students overwhelmed with school and being away from home, individuals struggling with addictions, people who have become suicidal due to a situational crisis such as a breakup of a marriage or losing a job, people struggling with the impact of trauma  and older adults who have lost a spouse.
A peer support worker supports individuals in some activities during their stay. This is a great way for individuals to reconnect to previous coping strategies or learn new ones.
Some of the items that would be support this work are;
Towels: there is an urgent and special need for towels of all kinds.
Baking items – muffin tins, loaf pan, new measuring cups/spoons, any baking items would be great!
Crafting items – yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, looms, hot glue gun, crafting books, canvases for   painting
Games – deck of cards, checkers, dominoes, trouble or any other board games
Puzzle books - Word searches, crosswords, and Sudoku (a couple in large print would be FANTASTIC!)
Gardening supplies – planter boxes, soil, seeds etc.
Your gifts will be taken to Stabilisation Space next week.
 
Also, a second Ministry of the Month:
St. John the Evangelist’s Hospitality Meal Programme, and Strawberries are our second Ministry for June. There are a couple of ways you can contribute. Volunteers are needed to serve dinner at St. John’s on Saturday June 23rd  from 3:30 until 7:15 pm. Our contribution to dinner will be strawberry shortcake. Consider a cash donation towards the fresh berries or help us on Friday June 22nd  to prep the berries.  Please contact Glenda Hayward This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or 519-951-8154 if you would like to support this vital June Ministry. Thank you!
 
Annual Church Picnic here at the church this Sunday 24th June, after one service at 9.30 am.  Hot dogs, hamburgers will be provided, but we are asked to brings salads, desserts, etc.  Weather permitting we can eat outside, and all kinds of activities are being organised for after lunch!!         
 
Summer services begin on Sunday July 1st, one service only at 9.30 am.   During August, services will alternate between Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer, but if you wish to attend Holy Eucharist on Morning Prayer Sundays here, it will be offered every Sunday at St. Alban’s, where you will be welcomed.  Same time.  If you use your offering envelopes at St. Alban’s, they will be returned to St. Jude’s.
 
Fundscrip orders will be taken on Sunday 9th July, after the one 9.30 am service.
 
Nooma Video Series: This video series is designed to foster conversation on what it means to be a Christian in the world today, and to grow in our understanding by listening to each other’s perspective on various topics as it relates to our Christian faith. We have watched four of the videos in the last four weeks, and now will take a break for the summer.  However, if you would like to see the rest, you can get them on Youtube, simply type “Nooma”.
 
Daily Bread is asking us to collect egg cartons and plastic containers for them; they buy eggs in bulk and these are needed to contain eggs for the food packages.
Once again a big thank you to the contributors to Daily Bread.
Doug and Laura counted the following:
21 canned goods, 11 canned protein, 6 peanut butter jars (special request this month), 3 boxes cereal
20 individual packages of coffee, 10 individual tea bags, 5 individual sugar packages, 1 large box of diapers,  8 juice boxes (individual), 18 pasta packages, 8 boxes Kraft dinner , 10 jars pasta sauce, 24 soup cans (special request this month), 5 bottles spices, and nine miscellaneous.
 
Give Blood!!  The next blood donor clinic here at St. Jude’s is on Saturday 7th July, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.  Demands in Summer remain high, but too often the supply goes down, so this is an important clinic - bring your friends and neighbours!
 
PRIDE PARADE
Please reserve Sunday, July 29th  on your calendar as St. Jude”s will once again be walking in the annual Pride parade to show our support for inclusivity, love and human rights for all.  We have invited the folks at St. Alban”s to join us this year.
Last year, 34 folks from St. Judes - two clergy, one choir director, one warden, one Huron College student and a large group of parishioners, their children and friends - walked the 3 km route from Western Fair to Victoria Park; others who were unable to walk joined the thousands who lined the parade route to cheer us on. Our youngest participant was three years old, and our eldest was 90. All who took part were extremely exhilarated and moved by the experience. After the walk, the group had a big celebration at the Poachers Arm pub near the park.
he details are easy - we go to church at 9:30 on July 29, meet at the fairgrounds around 11:30, and the parade leaves at 12 :30.  Our friends at the Poachers Arms are opening early again this year and providing a special room for the St. Jude’s celebration post-parade.
If this of interest to you or you have any questions, please contact Joanne and Dennis Johns at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    or 519-432-1906.
 
For the London Deanery’s Family Outreach Event, “Help Spread Birthday Joy”, we are asked to collect items through the summer for a birthday party, such as: Disposable cake pans/muffin pans, Cake mix, Icing, Candles, Party hats, Noise makers, Balloons, sprinkles/decorations, small loot bag for birthday child, invitations, Cellophane, Ribbon, etc.  A “making up” party will be held at St. John the Evangelist in September.
 
Something to think about:
“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet. “
Stephen Hawking
 
 
E'en in these bleak November days
There's gladness for the heart that heeds.
Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
 
Readings for next Sunday, 3rd December, Advent 1
First Reading: Isaiah 64.1-9   Psalm 80. 1-7, 17-19
Second Reading: Corinthians 1.3-9  Gospel: Mark 13.24-37
 
Sharon’s  sermon from last Sunday, can be found on the church website, or you can just click on:
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Linda, Don and Marion, Rick and Carol; Margaret and family; Helen, Kathy; Des and Helen; Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Bertha and Fran; Dorothy and Teresa; Yvonne and Suzette; Tim and Judy; Justin; Sandra and Pat; Lila and Keith; Robby; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Anne; Bernice; Dorothy; Diane and Jack, Chris, Alan and Margaret, Cathy, Lauren, Ruth, Norma, Linda, Eileen, Sean and Pat, Kelly Doris, Wendy, Sandra, Tina and Chris, Michael, George, Robin, Elizabeth, David, Coleen, Nancy, Debbie
The Church of St Albans, our Regional Ministry Partners.
Rest in Peace: Maria Czerniawski. May her soul find rest eternal and rise in glory, and may son Dusan Novak and family find peace and comfort as they mourn.
Rest in Peace :  Kay Leslie Brown wife of Major the Rev’d Dr. Michael Peterson. May Kay Rest In Peace and rise in glory.
 
This year’s Advent Prayer booklet “Advent Longings -15 minutes with God in Prayer” is available on line or in hard copy. You are encouraged to access this resource for your Advent journey. Some black and white hard copies will be in Narthex in time for Advent. We want to provide for anyone who wants a copy but don’t want to waste paper. More copies can always be made.  For additional copies or questions speak with Sharon Frank.
On line:
OR www.diohuron.org  then go to Ministries and click on Abundant Life.
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Regional Ministry news:  This Sunday, 3rd December, after the 10.00 am service, we shall be welcoming the congregation from St. Alban’s for brunch and a chance for us to meet and get to know each other.  In All Saints Hall, and food will be provided, so please come to welcome our new partners in ministry.
 
FundScrip. Carol and Rick advise us that FundScrip is now offering Tim Horton’s gift cards in $15.00 and $25.00 denominations (Finally!!  Timmys!!). We will be taking orders for all cards on December 3rd . This will be the last one before the holidays - great stocking stuffers!!.
Make sure you stock up on Christmas gifts, grocery cards and gas cards to carry you through the holiday season.
 
Christmas Lunch Bunch will meet Friday 1st December, Holy Eucharist at 11.15 am, followed by a scrumptious Christmas lunch around 12.00 noon.  Turkey, dressing and gravy will be provided, but bring your favourite veggie, salads, dessert, etc., for all to share - yes, wine too if you like!!  (Maybe best to check with Glenda, 519-951-8154, about what you will bring, to make sure things are balanced).
Following lunch, once again Christina and husband Andrew will be here to lead us in Carols and Christmas favourites.  Everyone is welcome!!
 
After Bazaar sales!!  The ACW ladies will be offering items, left unsold at the Bazaar, for sale after both services this Sunday - in the St. Martha Room, lower level.  A chance to get some of those things you missed!
 
Stamps!! As you receive Christmas cards this year, don’t forget to save the stamps - they can be used to buy Bibles.
 
Also, stamps!   In 1976 Canada Post used one of our windows for a Christmas stamp, the Nativity window given by the Rev’d. Lloyd Cracknell in Memory of his wife.  We have just been given a first cover sheet of these stamps, which we can dispose of in any way we like, but do they have a value?  A lot of parish members bought these stamps on the day of issue.  Is there a parish philatelist who can advise us on their possible value, and how best we can find a good home fo them?
 
Envelopes.  We shall soon be making up your envelopes for 2018.  Unless we hear from you to the contrary, the same envelope orders will be made up as for 2017.  Please let Rosalie know as soon as possible.
 
The church's Sunday School and Youth want to say - A big, big, thank you to everyone who supported the Sunday school children and youth at their bake sale on Sunday. Once again the kids were overwhelmed by the wonderful response from the parishioners in support of their outreach project. They raised $577.00! Over and above this a donation of $500.00 was received to put towards our outreach initiatives. This year we will be supporting three families with a total of ten children. We shall be going shopping on Saturday evening to find gifts for these families, and any children who wish to join the shopping trip please contact Michelle Davis. Also, thank you!! to the families for their contributions of baked goods.
 
Christmas on Memory Lane.  An evening of seasonal music at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Road, this Friday 1st December, starting at 7.30 pm.  Featuring a host of stars!  Angus Sinclair, Rev’ds  Matt (Elvis) Martin, Tim Connor, and Dale Nikkel and family, the Cantorian Choir, etc. 
Tickets are $20.00 adults, Students $15.00, Children $10.00 from 519-438-2994.
 
On Saturday, December 2nd , London community choirs and instrumentalists will again join together at St. Paul's Cathedral to present the “Children's Messiah”, beginning at 4.00 pm.  It is a specially-designed, one-hour, performance of the best-known arias and choruses from G. F. Handel's well-loved oratorio 'Messiah'.
The performance is designed so that children may respond to the music in their own age-appropriate way. Last year the children danced, ran around (including amongst the choir and instrumentalists), were engaged with the performers and had an experience of a lifetime.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for the children after the performance.
 
Brassroots presents its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm at St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin St., London.  Our annual celebration of the Joy of Christmas features guests Stephen Holowitz and the Choir of St. James Westminster Anglican Church, offering festive fanfares, carols and seasonal favorites.
Pay-What-You-Can at the door, with our best wishes for the holiday season!
 
Christmas in our Time.  At St. John the Evangelist church, at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10th December, St. John’s Children’s Ministry presents a play in which the Nativity figures question their relevance in today’s busy world.  No charge, and carol singing, hot chocolate, cider and cookies after the show!!
 
Synchro swimming!!  On Sunday 3rd December, 6.30 - 8.00 pm, the London Synchronised Swimming Team will present a spectacular show of precision swimming at the CG Aquatic Centre.  A chance to see Ellie show off her talents!!  Fr. Bill and Aimee will probably be there!
Entry by donation.
 
Victorian Christmas Tea on 9th December is sold out!!  (Told you to get your tickets early)
  
Update for 29th November
 
E'en in these bleak November days
There's gladness for the heart that heeds.
Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
 
Readings for next Sunday, 3rd December, Advent 1
First Reading: Isaiah 64.1-9   Psalm 80. 1-7, 17-19
Second Reading: Corinthians 1.3-9  Gospel: Mark 13.24-37
 
Sharon’s  sermon from last Sunday, can be found on the church website, or you can just click on:
 
Please hold the following people and those that they love and trust in your prayers over the next week:
Linda, Don and Marion, Rick and Carol; Margaret and family; Helen, Kathy; Des and Helen; Bruce; Venessa; Carol; Cyndi; Bertha and Fran; Dorothy and Teresa; Yvonne and Suzette; Tim and Judy; Justin; Sandra and Pat; Lila and Keith; Robby; Lynn; Alina and Jon; Brenda and Paul; Shirley and Dick; Barbara; Mary; Anne; Bernice; Dorothy; Diane and Jack, Chris, Alan and Margaret, Cathy, Lauren, Ruth, Norma, Linda, Eileen, Sean and Pat, Kelly Doris, Wendy, Sandra, Tina and Chris, Michael, George, Robin, Elizabeth, David, Coleen, Nancy, Debbie
The Church of St Albans, our Regional Ministry Partners.
Rest in Peace: Maria Czerniawski. May her soul find rest eternal and rise in glory, and may son Dusan Novak and family find peace and comfort as they mourn.
Rest in Peace :  Kay Leslie Brown wife of Major the Rev’d Dr. Michael Peterson. May Kay Rest In Peace and rise in glory.
 
This year’s Advent Prayer booklet “Advent Longings -15 minutes with God in Prayer” is available on line or in hard copy. You are encouraged to access this resource for your Advent journey. Some black and white hard copies will be in Narthex in time for Advent. We want to provide for anyone who wants a copy but don’t want to waste paper. More copies can always be made.  For additional copies or questions speak with Sharon Frank.
On line:
OR www.diohuron.org  then go to Ministries and click on Abundant Life.
 
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (Rev’d. Bill Ward or Rosalie) at 519-660-6198, OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
 
Regional Ministry news:  This Sunday, 3rd December, after the 10.00 am service, we shall be welcoming the congregation from St. Alban’s for brunch and a chance for us to meet and get to know each other.  In All Saints Hall, and food will be provided, so please come to welcome our new partners in ministry.
 
FundScrip. Carol and Rick advise us that FundScrip is now offering Tim Horton’s gift cards in $15.00 and $25.00 denominations (Finally!!  Timmys!!). We will be taking orders for all cards on December 3rd . This will be the last one before the holidays - great stocking stuffers!!.
Make sure you stock up on Christmas gifts, grocery cards and gas cards to carry you through the holiday season.
 
Christmas Lunch Bunch will meet Friday 1st December, Holy Eucharist at 11.15 am, followed by a scrumptious Christmas lunch around 12.00 noon.  Turkey, dressing and gravy will be provided, but bring your favourite veggie, salads, dessert, etc., for all to share - yes, wine too if you like!!  (Maybe best to check with Glenda, 519-951-8154, about what you will bring, to make sure things are balanced).
Following lunch, once again Christina and husband Andrew will be here to lead us in Carols and Christmas favourites.  Everyone is welcome!!
 
After Bazaar sales!!  The ACW ladies will be offering items, left unsold at the Bazaar, for sale after both services this Sunday - in the St. Martha Room, lower level.  A chance to get some of those things you missed!
 
Stamps!! As you receive Christmas cards this year, don’t forget to save the stamps - they can be used to buy Bibles.
 
Also, stamps!   In 1976 Canada Post used one of our windows for a Christmas stamp, the Nativity window given by the Rev’d. Lloyd Cracknell in Memory of his wife.  We have just been given a first cover sheet of these stamps, which we can dispose of in any way we like, but do they have a value?  A lot of parish members bought these stamps on the day of issue.  Is there a parish philatelist who can advise us on their possible value, and how best we can find a good home fo them?
 
Envelopes.  We shall soon be making up your envelopes for 2018.  Unless we hear from you to the contrary, the same envelope orders will be made up as for 2017.  Please let Rosalie know as soon as possible.
 
The church's Sunday School and Youth want to say - A big, big, thank you to everyone who supported the Sunday school children and youth at their bake sale on Sunday. Once again the kids were overwhelmed by the wonderful response from the parishioners in support of their outreach project. They raised $577.00! Over and above this a donation of $500.00 was received to put towards our outreach initiatives. This year we will be supporting three families with a total of ten children. We shall be going shopping on Saturday evening to find gifts for these families, and any children who wish to join the shopping trip please contact Michelle Davis. Also, thank you!! to the families for their contributions of baked goods.
 
Christmas on Memory Lane.  An evening of seasonal music at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Road, this Friday 1st December, starting at 7.30 pm.  Featuring a host of stars!  Angus Sinclair, Rev’ds  Matt (Elvis) Martin, Tim Connor, and Dale Nikkel and family, the Cantorian Choir, etc. 
Tickets are $20.00 adults, Students $15.00, Children $10.00 from 519-438-2994.
 
On Saturday, December 2nd , London community choirs and instrumentalists will again join together at St. Paul's Cathedral to present the “Children's Messiah”, beginning at 4.00 pm.  It is a specially-designed, one-hour, performance of the best-known arias and choruses from G. F. Handel's well-loved oratorio 'Messiah'.
The performance is designed so that children may respond to the music in their own age-appropriate way. Last year the children danced, ran around (including amongst the choir and instrumentalists), were engaged with the performers and had an experience of a lifetime.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for the children after the performance.
 
Brassroots presents its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm at St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin St., London.  Our annual celebration of the Joy of Christmas features guests Stephen Holowitz and the Choir of St. James Westminster Anglican Church, offering festive fanfares, carols and seasonal favorites.
Pay-What-You-Can at the door, with our best wishes for the holiday season!
 
Christmas in our Time.  At St. John the Evangelist church, at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10th December, St. John’s Children’s Ministry presents a play in which the Nativity figures question their relevance in today’s busy world.  No charge, and carol singing, hot chocolate, cider and cookies after the show!!
 
Synchro swimming!!  On Sunday 3rd December, 6.30 - 8.00 pm, the London Synchronised Swimming Team will present a spectacular show of precision swimming at the CG Aquatic Centre.  A chance to see Ellie show off her talents!!  Fr. Bill and Aimee will probably be there!
Entry by donation.
 
Victorian Christmas Tea on 9th December is sold out!!  (Told you to get your tickets early)